August 7, 2006
Welcome. Watch this spot for updates throughout the day, and enjoy the Stevenote!
Update 12:06: All European Apple stores are down.
Update 12:15: US Apple Store down.
Update 9:21: Sorry I didn’t update this post as much as I had planned (I was caught up in the MacRumors IRC feed). At any rate, Apple introduced the new Mac Pro today, offering dual optical drives and dual dual-core Woodcrest (Core 2) processors in every model at speeds up to 3GHz. Very cool. Also updated was the XServe, which offers the same processor options as the Mac Pro and up to 2.25TB of internal storage; it’s sure to be on every sysadmin’s wishlist. Finally, the company has dropped the prices on its line of Cinema Displays, taking $100, $300, and $500 from the 20-inch, 23-inch, and 30-inch models, respectively.
Too numerous to mention are the improvements shown off in the Leopard preview today. Highlights are Time Machine, an innovatively designed backup utility; Spaces, a virtual desktop tool; Dashboard and Spotlight updates; accessibility improvements, including a full-featured text-to-speech engine; and full 64-bit support throughout the OS. Apple is currently planning to ship Leopard in the spring of 2007, though WWDC attendees were given Developer Preview DVDs to get busy with.
There were no other announcements today, disappointing many Mac fans (including myself) who hoped for a Core 2 update for the MacBook Pro and/or the iMac. All is not lost, however; MacWorld Paris is coming soon, and there’s always the possibility of a special event or unannounced spec bump in the near future.
Well, that’s all for now, though I may write a bit more about today’s revelations sometime soon. I hope everyone enjoyed the Stevenote. You can see video recording of the event on Apple’s site here, if you are so inclined.
–D. S. W.